The federal government is investigating whether a Birmingham used car dealership could be unknowingly tied to international drugs, money laundering and terrorism.
Thursday afternoon, federal agents served Birmingham’s World Auto Sales on Green Springs Highway a restraining order. ABC 33/40 was at the dealership with federal agents arrived.
The scope of the investigation is global, and agents are investigating 30 used car dealers around the nation. Federal drug agents claim the scheme begins with drug trafficking money that ends up benefiting Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group linked to terrorism.
“We are looking to shut down this trade-based money laundering scheme,” said Drug Enforcement Administration’s Derek Maltz. “And we’re looking to take the profits away from Hezbollah and other terror groups around the world.”
U.S. Drug Enforcement officials said shipments of cocaine leave South America and flow into Africa. The drug money is put into exchange houses in Lebanon. It then goes to Lebanese-Canadian banks and other banks. The money is sent across the world to buy goods, which are shipped into West Africa.
The proceeds are sent back to Lebanon to benefit Hezbollah.
“Well, in this case, we found that they’re moving, you know, hundreds and hundreds and thousands of cars into West Africa,” added Maltz. “They’re making 15-20% on the car sales. But, it’s an accelerated, trade-based money laundering scheme, and they’re making millions of dollars off it.”
The owner of World Auto Sales said the complaint was a “big shock to us” and that he’s never heard of the other companies involved. He said his family-owned business has been in operation since 1990. He added that he always abides by the laws.
Federal agents do not have detailed information on what the car dealership owners knew. Agents are also serving more than 60 U.S. banks with the ultimate goal of shutting down the global trade-based money laundering scheme benefiting terrorist groups.
~ I don’t know about you but I was good to my word boycotting X Factor, ‘Three Tme Loser’ Marcus being chosen over Rachel..(He WILL go home tonight.) I heard that my two guys did great, watching their performances right now. I don’t need to contribute to Simon’s show to see ‘My Guys’. Videos after this FYI:
It ain’t over for former “X-Factor” contestant Rachel Crow — TMZ has learned, Disney bigwigs are clamoring to sign the 13-year-old after her elimination last night … and have already set up a meet-and-greet.
A rep for Disney tells us, “Now that she has been eliminated off X-Factor, a general meeting is planned with her and Disney Channel executives soon.”
We’re told Disney honchos want to go through a laundry list of possible opportunities for Rachel during the meeting — including TV, movies, and radio.
There is no date for the meeting — but according to sources, it will likely be before the end of the month.
Talk-radio host Michael Savage says America can’t survive another four years of Barack Obama, and he’s putting his money where his mouth is, offering Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the race within 72 hours.
Savage says that while rival Mitt Romney is not entirely satisfying to conservatives, the former Massachusetts governor can beat Obama. Gingrich, on the other hand, according to Savage, is “unelectable.”
“If Newt Gingrich really loves this country as much as he says he does, if he really wants what is best for America, he will set his ego aside, call me and accept my offer,” Savage wrote on his website today.
“His continued candidacy spells nothing but ruin for conservatives, Republicans and all true American patriots,” he continued. “One million dollars in exchange for preserving the nation, Newt. I say take the money … and don’t run.”
Savage noted that the Republican presidential field has come down to two candidates who have a real chance of getting the nomination, Gingrich and Romney.
“While it’s true that Romney is not as strong a conservative as many would like him to be, the most pressing issue before America today is defeating Barack Obama,” he said. “And that is something Newt Gingrich cannot do.”
Savage outlined the reasons he believes Gingrich can’t win the general election:
When he was speaker of the House, he failed to deliver on his so-called Contract with America;
He made ads with Nancy Pelosi promoting the false theory of global warming;
He’s in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens;
He’s taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two of the most corrupt financial institutions in history;
He’s cheated on two wives, which will destroy his chances among female voters;
He called the Republican plan to reform Medicare “right-wing social engineering”;
In a presidential debate against Obama, regardless of how well he does, on television he will come off badly compared to Obama and look like nothing more than what he is: A fat, old white man.
The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Iraq has yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers conclude that the U.S. exit makes the Jewish state’s mission planning a lot easier.
Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said the Iraqi military will maintain radars to monitor the country’s airspace, but it has not taken possession of American F-16s to guard that space.
“The country has a capable and improving capability to see the airspace, a viable system to provide command and control, but no system to defeat incoming air threats until it gets either the F-16s or ground-based systems or, optimally, some of both,” Gen. Buchanan told The Washington Times.
Big Sis Orders ICE To Prepare For Mass Influx of Immigrants
Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has directed ICE to prepare for a mass influx of immigrants into the United States, calling for the plan to deal with the “shelter” and “processing” of large numbers of people.
“DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, according to a statement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, recently directed ICE to develop a national-level mass migration plan. The plan will outline how to address the health care, sheltering, processing, transition and disposition of large numbers of undocumented individuals who might arrive in the U.S. as the result of a mass migration, said ICE on Dec. 13.”
Part of the preparations for sheltering and processing an influx of people includes the construction and manning of detention camps.
In 2006, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root was contracted by Homeland Security to build detention centers designed to deal with “an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S,” or the rapid development of unspecified “new programs” that would require large numbers of people to be interned.
Last week we received a leaked memo from a state government employee detailing KBR’s efforts to hire subcontractors to provide services required for temporary “emergency environment” camps located in five regions of the United States, indicating that many of the camps have now been constructed and are ready for use.
The construction of new detention camps inside the United States has provoked fears that the facilities could also be used to intern American citizens in the aftermath of a national emergency.
~ This story has blown big over the weekend. I researched as much as I could find. To my dismay the Univision Documentary is not available anywhere in English. I have messaged Univision via YouTube in hopes they will have it available. If it becomes so for me, it will for you.
As this is coming to you I found that Heritage covered it this morning:
An attack on the British embassy in Tehran. A desperate pursuit of nuclear weapons. A plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Alone, any one of these actions by Iran’s regime would be cause for alarm, but taken together they make it undeniably clear that the Iranian threat cannot be ignored. Now, there is news of another effort by Iran to take aim at the United States, this time coming from Latin America.
A Young Mexican spy narrates the details of an operation executed in Teheran
José Carlos García Tolentino, el espía mexicano que viajó a la ciudad sagrada de Qom oculto bajo la personalidad de un estudiante para asistir a un curso intensivo sobre el islam. – Univision
José Carlos García Tolentino, a former student at Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), feigned a religious conversion to Islam as part of his mission to infiltrate the world of Islamic extremism. In early 2011, after gaining the trust of the Iranian ambassador to Mexico, he was able to enlist in a 2 month-long course in Islam at Al Mustafa University in the sacred city of Qom in Iran.
García Tolentino, then only 19 years-old, was a member of a group of young individuals, many of them UNAM alumni, that decided to expose an alleged hacking, intelligence, and cyber terrorism operation that was being launched against the United States.
Univision journalists, Jorge Mota and Guillermo González del Campo were able to interview García Tolentino in April of 2011
~ For many years, about twelve to be exact, I began blogging and what followed was meeting experts in the field of terrorism. My mentor in this field was alarmed at this revelation, so that made me know it was important to post it here and follow the story.
The puzzle has been coming together for me for the past three years when I began to research the blatant socialism that has been exposed in the current White House. But for me it went back many years when I first became familiar with the DSA. During the Clinton administration I ran across this site where members of Congress boldly lent their names at that time to the administrative end and was shocked at the names I saw.
Then I came across the info that the Arab American Action Network allied themselves with Congress. The Arab American Action Network is a Core Member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of 25 ethnic museums and cultural centers in Chicago. It always seems to come back to Chicago and a Community Organizer. (Ironic isn’t it?)
As a group of us on Threat Matrix discovered right after 9/11, there were many instances of OTM’s (Other than Mexican) were crossing the border. This was evidenced by prayer rugs left behind.
From Right Scoop:
Note this clip below is an investigative report done by Channel 2 News in Atlanta that provides a chilling overview of the clear and present danger presented by the border between the US and Mexico.
The Arab American Action Network was founded by former PLO operative and close Obama family friend Rashid Khalidi. Obama was a director of the Woods Fund from 1994 through 2001, when the board approved a $40,000 grant to the Arab American Action Network.
So tying in a radical group to the current socialistic administration is no stretch.
In the Univision investigation that one of the Iranians charged had been ordered by that country’s Special Forces to travel to Mexico to recruit members of the notorious drug cartel “Los Zetas” to carry out the plot.
These drug cartels have been in the forefront of the news due to the Fast and Furious investigation.
Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, a naturalized U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport and owns property in Corpus Christi, allegedly represented Iranians who wanted cartel criminals to set off a bomb or do whatever it would take to kill the ambassador. The informant has long aided Texas federal agents in seizing narcotics and arresting traffickers and is known to have strong ties to the rival Gulf and Zeta cartels. The Zeta and Sinaloa drug cartels appear poised for battle for control of drug markets and trafficking routes.
We then JUST MUST ask ourselves what else are they poised for. The investigation states cybernetic attacks. Do Iran, Mexico and Venezula have this capability? Do ‘We’ have the ability to fight them? Israel does. When will our country realize we need to be vigilant with the details exposed in this story?
Here are the links for the Latin America: Terrorism Issues
* Since the September 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, U.S. attention to terrorism in Latin America has intensified. PDF Report from Mark P. Sullivan
Specialist in Latin American Affairs, September 2, 2009
They want to hide everything under the umbrella of the mosque. Everything. They arrive, they establish themselves, they put people to work, but the sheiks never truly dedicate themselves to spreading theology. They constantly send sheiks to all of their previously established mosques, but the sheiks deal with other things, I wasn’t able to ascertain what exactly they do because of time constraints and more than anything the lack of trust that they had in me.
If you have any doubt left JUST how bad our country is infiltrated, despite the protestations of the ‘War on Terror’ is over, think about the 35 + extreme muslim compounds in the United States. I beg you to consider Detroit as the mecca for them in our country. Every revolution has it’s hub and IMHO that is it for extremists. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 98,153. … most of whom are Muslim. The Arab Muslim community has built the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America, and the Dearborn Mosque.
Don’t buy into the moderate American Muslim, who loves America portrayed on the new reality TV show “All-American Muslim”. Where were their protestations after 9/11 happened? Where are their proclamations now on the extremist element of their religion?
Patriots, I promise you to be ever vigilant. This is not being alarmist. Do your own research. We are being ‘snowed’. The element of danger is clear and it will be covered here. ~ JP
~ Obama has a chip on his shoulder concerning the United States of AMERICA:
~ Republican primary voters are conservative. They don’t believe that Romney is. The NOT Romney:
~ Can Obama be beat? I — hell yes!
“Obamacare” is a disaster. His stimulus has been a disaster. We can’t afford more! Look at the debt! Look at the prison that future people — not even a thought in a couple of adults’ heads yet are already in prison because of the tax rate they’re going to pay just to deal with this debt! We can’t afford what we’re spending on anything right now. It’s just — it’s absurd. It has to be stopped. And it can’t be done even in one election. This is the first, and then reversing things, reducing the size of government’s going to take some committed people.
Survivors of a 1996 terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen are offended that an Iraqi official with ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was welcomed to the White House this week.
“Outrage at the visit to the White House really doesn’t describe what I feel,” said William M. Schooley, who survived the June 25, 1996, bombing of the Khobar Towers.
“I watched outstanding airmen die that night and witnessed horrific carnage. The survivors of Khobar Towers have been swept under the rug and now have received the greatest insult,” he added.
A former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the FBI says played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen, accompanied Iraq’s prime minister to the White House on Monday, attending an event at which President Obama trumpeted the end of the Iraq War.
Hadi Farhan al-Amiri, transportation minister in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, was part of the delegation that visited the White House to discuss Iraq’s future and Iran’s influence there, among other topics.
At a joint White House news conference with Mr. al-Maliki, Mr. Obama proclaimed that the U.S. is committed to being a major player in the region and that Iraq’s neighbors should take heed. He did not mention Iran by name.
Critics have accused Mr. al-Maliki, a Shiite, of acting at the behest of the Shiite government in Iran. But Mr. Obama told reporters that he believes the Iraqi prime minister when he says that “his interest is maintaining Iraqi sovereignty and preventing meddling by anybody inside of Iraq.”